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Smashing the Imperial Frame: Race, Culture, (De)Coloniality

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Theory, Culture and Society
Issue number1
Number of pages33
Pages (from-to)113-145
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/10/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Extending the philosopher Achille Mbembe’s notion of the ‘seeing power of race’ in Critique of Black Reason, this paper explores the imperial frame – a racialized and racializing vision of singularity/alterity – that was foundational to European modernity and the formation of the modern world. I intend to show how the racialized have always articulated an otherwise for cultivating a humane relationship with difference, an unconditional relationship with humanity, through (knowingly or unknowingly) putting the rhetoric of modernity/coloniality on trial. Interweaving a discussion of the 2014 Jordanian film Theeb (trans: Wolf) – our decolonial text – I propose a framework, a series of commitments for a culture decolonized: to time as (re)enchanted and emerging; space as pluriversal and planetary; and self as the guarantor for the Other’s share.